The little church at Wassen – beautiful from every angle
This gem of a church was made famous by the old Gotthard railway, from whose scenic route the church could be seen from three different vantage points. The village of Wassen itself (a hamlet of 424 souls 930m above sea-level) was actually well known before the Gotthard Tunnel opened in 1882, as traders, travelling through the valley on their way to the Gotthard Pass and the Susten Pass, had been using it as a way station since as early as the 13th century.
With its picturesque houses and pretty village fountain, Wassen today has retained much of its charm. As for the church, it's well worth a visit, particularly because, as a famous landmark, its interior is often largely ignored.
The spectacular Susten Pass connects the canton of Uri with the Bernese Oberland. The Sustenstrasse, completed in 1946, takes you through the stunning Meiental valley, where the mountain hiking is some of the best in the world.
Wassen is an area rich in legends. At the Pfaffensprung ravine, where you can see how the water has shaped the rockface over millions of years, priests fleeing persecution were said to have jumped to their death. Today the ravine can be seen from the safety of the bridge.